The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP)

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch(GPGP), also known as “Pacific Trash Vortex” would be best known as a disaster in our ocean. The GPGP is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific ocean. The garbage patch is known to expand from the coast of California to Japan. According to marnie scientist Marcus Eriksen, the garbage patch is the largest plastic dump on earth(Eriksen). Much of the marine life is getting damaged and is in danger of dying. The big question is how we can prevent and put a stop to this? While many solutions are being put into play to help support this problem, the best solution is the “Boyan Slat” project, an invention that develops advanced technology to help decrease the ocean pollution. Even though some authorities…show more content…
The issue of “Biofuling” is brought up in a interview with scientist Wilson. According to Wilson, biofuling means "marine critters using your expensive equipment as a place to live."(Wilson) The main point that wilson is trying to get across is that when you add a object in the water for more than 24 hours, bacteria and diatoms start to grow to it. Therefore, many other marine organisms like algae and protozoans begin to get consume the chemicals. This affects the entire ecosystem because the bigger marine life consume the…show more content…
Charles Moore, the scientist who discovered this epidemic states, “Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will bankrupt any country that tries.” (Nat Geo pg.67) Many industries and individuals have tried endless types of solutions in the last decade. The second biggest argument against the “Boyan Slat” project would be the cost of it. Many of the environmentalist believe that there is a cheaper and more efficient way to clean up the garbage patch. Doug Woodring states in an article, “This project is estimated to cost between 200 and 400 million dollars a year for supplies and labor.”(Woodring) A lot of people think that there this project is a waste of money because it is a never ending type of problem. In a article Woodring says, “Everyone 's at fault, but we can open a new chapter in managing waste.”(Woodring) It seems like the main argument about the cost is because many people think that it will be cheaper if we as a society just cut down on plastics

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